Google has removed millions of negative TikTok reviews from its Play Store after the app’s rating fell from 4.5 to 1.2 stars overnight. TikTok’s ratings greatly fell last week due to glorifying videos that glorify rape, acid attacks, and terrorism.
As soon as 5 million negative reviews disappeared from the app store. TikTok’s Google Play rating for android improved from 1.2 to 1.6 stars. With more negative reviews being removed, the app’s rating is improving continuously.
TikTok, the Chinese the video-making app has been in talks for all wrong reasons in the last few weeks. It was facing several controversies and Hashtags pressing TikTok to be banned were trending on Twitter.
Initially TikTok’s user reviews had suddenly nose-dived on Play Store from 27 million users to 22 million users from last week. TikTok’s Play Store ranking had fallen from 4 stars to 2 stars and later to 1.2 stars. TikTok rankings were at an all-time low until they recently started reviving after Google’s move. As per reports, Google helped boost TikTok’s ratings from 1.2 to 1.6 stars.
As per reports over 2-3 million reviews are being removed within 24 hours from the platform. However Google has not confirmed the reason for the removal of these reviews but it is speculated that Google has been mass removing these negative reviews of TikTok. Even though Google remains quiet this has improved the ranking of the TikTok app.
The reason behind the fall of the TikTok rating was a huge controversy. During the controversy TikTok was attacked with harsh criticism. The feud between TikTok star Faizal Siddiqui and Carry Minati lead to this controversy.
Faizal Siddiqui’s video drew severe criticism and was subsequently banned from the platform. CarryMinati slammed Siddiqui and other TikTok users. But Carry Minati’s video was also deleted by YouTube and that re-ignited the fire.
Many people started claiming that the quality of videos on TikTok was not up to the mark. Some other remarked that TikTok does not value the creator’s work as anybody can copy someone’s work.
However, TikTok defended itself by clarifying its stand. TikTok said in a statement, “Keeping people on TikTok safe is a top priority and it is made clear in our Term of Service and Community Guidelines that clearly outline what all is not acceptable on our platform. As per the company safety policy, we do not allow content that risks the safety of other people. We ban content that promotes physical harm or glorifies violence against women. This particular behavior violates our guidelines and we have taken down the content, suspended the account, and are working with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.”
On Google Play, app ratings are based on user reviews. So as a user adds a review for an app they also give it a rating of their choice out of five stars. Google Play also has different categories for positive and critical reviews and those based on the rating.